Charles Allen Capper
Charles Allen “Cap” Capper, passed away July 4, 2008.Cap was born April 15, 1930, in Brush, to Roy and Ruth Capper. During his junior and senior years of high school in Brush, Cap was named to the Colorado High School All State football team. He excelled in other sports as well.Cap majored in English and graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder. After graduation, Cap joined the U.S. Army and became a chemical warfare instructor during the Korean War. After his return to Colorado, Cap attended the Colorado School of Mines, and received his degree in chemical engineering.While studying at Mines, Cap sold auto parts to help pay for his education. Cap’s first job in Aspen was with Aspen Auto Parts. After a number of years, he decided to start his own parts store. With Mr. Jack Jenkin’s blessing, Cap’s Auto Supply became a major part of Aspen. Even as competitors, both Cap and Jack helped each other any way they could.For more than 25 years, Cap’s Auto Supply was where everyone came for auto parts. Once you walked in the store, you were never a stranger. Cap knew your name, car and your family. Cap could not say no to anyone if help was needed. If you needed a car part, cup of coffee, a cold beer or just someone to talk to, Cap was always there.After selling his business, Cap and his wife Frankie traveled and settled in Arizona. After Frankie passed away, Cap moved to northern California to live with family.Aspen never left Cap’s heart. He could not stop talking about all the wonderful friends and times in the mountain town he loved with all his heart. While living in the valley, Cap was an active member of the Elks Lodge and the V.F.W.Cap will be missed by all who knew him.Cap is survived by sons Woody Capper and family of El Jebel, Clancy Grant of Yreka, Calif., Michael Grant of San Diego, and Patrick Grant of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; daughter Charlene “K.C.” Walden of Yreka; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.A memorial service will take place in a few weeks in the Roaring Fork Valley.
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